Mortgage Market Trends for week ending May 28, 2010


Mortgage rates again moved downward as European debt concerns continued to mount. In addition to Greece’s issues, Spain saw its debt downgraded last week. All of this continues to drive a major international “flight-to-quality” with US treasuries seen ns one of the safest places to stash money. Economically, our recovery does appear to be gaining some traction. While GDP was adjusted down slightly, we still have significant strength in manufacturing. Additionally, government stimulus has kicked home sales higher, with hopes that it can continue to hold its own without more intervention. While consumer moods have a long way to go to recovery, we’re seeing better readings.

Mortgage rates could easily move either way this week, or not at all. Analysts are expecting to see both ISM indices remain strong, and consensus estimates are calling for 500.000 new jobs to have been created last month. However, even with great domestic economic news, we could have continued concerns over Europe’s debt situation holding mortgage rates low.

Graph Courtesy from NY Times in an article by Bob Tedeschi May 25, 2010.  Data provided by Jeff Carpenter, Director of Finance, GFI Mortgage Bankers, Inc.

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